Society has been slowly heading back towards natural methods of doing things. There is a constant emphasis on “chemical free”, “organic”, “all natural”, etc and this is only magnified in the realm of baby products. Today I want to take a look at wooden teething rings, why they have become so popular as a more natural product and the pros and cons.
What is So Great About Wood?
I think there are a few things that have been driving the baby toy market, including teething toys, back towards wooden materials and the big one is it is far more eco friendly. Wood is a renewable resource that will naturally biodegrade if it ends up in a landfill. So right there it has upstaged plastic/engineered toys in two ways. Wood is also very nostalgic and “old timey” toys are super trendy right now. Wooden toys give the feeling that the toy has been handed down from generation to generation and give it that more unique look. Lastly, wood is naturally antibacterial and has antimicrobial properties. Which means it is far less likely to harbor bacteria or viruses and that is a HUGE plus.
- Wood seems to be the perfect hardness for teething baby gums. It is not likely to crack a new baby tooth but it is also hard enough to allow
baby to chomp down and create some pressure against those swollen, sore
- Chemical free, non-toxic, hypoallergenic (unless your child is allergic to the tree that the wooden ring is made from, obviously) and all natural.
- Really stinking cute looking!
- More durable than plastic or silicone. While I have never seen a baby take a chunk out of a silicone teether I am not putting it past some aggressive chewers I have met. It is REALLY hard to take a bite out of a hard wood teether. 0% chance of choking on pieces (OK to cover my butt I am going to say 0.1% because you just never know who has a baby dinosaur).
- I am a big fan of the dishwasher. Like really big fan. And with wooden teething rings that is not an option as far as quick and easy cleaning goes. Unlike my silicone teething necklaces that go right into the silverware basket and come out sparkly clean.
- They can be a little heavier so if your baby isn’t great with handling toys yet they might have some difficulty manipulating wooden rings.
- Usually more expensive. As a general rule of thumb I read “all natural” as $$$$, just on a personal note.
Where Do I Get One?
I have a few favorites! These are from companies that I trust/are known for being a leader in the baby industry and create quality goods.
- Melissa & Doug: Penguin Teether
- Bright Starts: Animal Teething Rings
- Haba: Guardian Angel Teething Ring
- Maple Landmark: Maple Teethers
- Manhattan Toy: Whale Teether
Wooden teething rings (and really all wooden toys) are a great option and especially good if you like the classic toy look. There are so many benefits to them and if you can deal with hand washing I think it is totally worth it. All in all, I would definitely jump on this craze, wood really is that great! Just, please don’t hand your baby a stick and call it a day because the toys are sanded and treated to avoid splinters and the stick from your yard is not.